Bayfield resident Deborah Kaye Webber died after a 4½-year battle with ovarian cancer Monday, March 4, 2013, at her home. She had turned 56 one month earlier.
Known as “Deb,” she was born to Gene and Connie (Rowe) Marsing on Feb. 8, 1957, in Price, Utah. The Marsing family later moved to Grand Junction, where she spent her childhood and met her future husband, Mark Webber.
The couple married Nov. 29, 1975, in Clifton, and the marriage was sealed Feb. 9, 1979, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Manti Utah Temple.
They moved to La Plata County about 25 years ago. Mrs. Webber earned her teaching degree at Fort Lewis College and taught at Aztec Elementary School for five years before beginning her 12-year teaching career at Ignacio Elementary School.
“Deb was a woman of quiet strength who touched the lives of thousands, especially children, her family said. “She was a beloved first-grade teacher and friend at Ignacio Elementary School. Though a world traveler and car aficionado, her favorite role was grandmother. Deb wore her badge of courage with grace and humor to the last.”
Mrs. Webber is survived by her husband of 37 years, Mark Webber of Bayfield; mother, Connie Marsing of Bluewater, N.M.; children Trenton Webber of Bayfield, Brooke Kittle of Ignacio, Signe Rogers of Farmington, Jackee Alston of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Bryson Webber of Cambridge, Md.; sisters Jennifer Welsch of Phoenix and Julie Lamance of Bluewater; brothers Michael Marsing of Eloy, Ariz., Jody Marsing of Bluewater and Garet Marsing of Gilbert, Ariz.; and 11 grandchildren.
A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1690 U.S. Highway 160 in Bayfield. A graveside service will take place afterward at the Pine River Cemetery, County Road 501 in Bayfield.